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  • Threats to Sharks Shift Away From China

    “Sharks in Crisis: Evidence of Positive Behavioral Change in China as New Threats Emerge” exposes worrying trends in the consumption of shark products outside of China, as well as the continued failure of the tuna industry to protect against shark bycatch. As younger generations of Chinese abandon shark fin soup, this year’s Lunar New Year celebrations are less likely to feature it,” said WildAid CEO Peter Knights.

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  • Hong Kong Bans Ivory

    Today Hong Kong Legislative Councilors voted to ban ivory sales in the former epicentre of the global ivory trade. Lawmakers passed the Endangered Species of Animals and Plants (Amendment) Bill 2017, otherwise known as the Hong Kong Ivory Ban Bill. The vote comes just one month after China shut down all commercial processing and sales of ivory at the end of 2017. In a landslide victory 49 lawmakers voted for the bill, 4 voted against with zero abstentions. The local trade will be gradually phased out over the next three and a half years, and pre-convention ivory imports and re-exports will be banned from August this year.
    Since China’s ban was announced by President Xi Jinping in September 2015, ivory prices in Hong Kong have dropped precipitously. From a high of US$2,100 (HK$16,400) per kilo in 2014, the price has now dropped to US$766 (HK$6,000) per kilo of pre-convention ivory with paperwork, or US$383 (HK$3,000) per kilo for black market smuggled ivory from recently-killed elephants.

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  • Climate resilient ‘super bean’ is solving refugee food crisis in Uganda

    Refugees in Uganda are being provided with climate resilient ‘super beans’ to reduce reliance on aid and encourage greater levels of self-sufficiency. The drought resistant beans have been given out by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Refugees are encouraged to plant the fast-growing and high-yielding plant ‘Nabe 15’ to replenish food levels and stocks. Nabe 15 is a non-genetically modified bean developed by the National Agricultural Research Organisation of Uganda in partnership with the International Centre for Tropic Agriculture. The bean has proven successful at helping refugees feed their families and cultivate new livelihoods. Uganda is currently home to over 1 million refugees who have fled conflict in South Sudan.

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  • International Day of Action for Rivers 2018

    Every year on March 14, thousands of people around the world lift their voices to celebrate the world's rivers and those who struggle to protect them. The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day to celebrate victories such as dam removal and river restoration.

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  • The 10th Annual Save The Frogs Day: April 28th

    Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Our goal is to provide frog enthusiasts with educational materials, ideas and inspiration and empower them to educate their local communities about amphibians. Save The Frogs Day takes place annually on the last Saturday of April.

    Since 2009 STF supporters have held over 1,300 Save The Frogs Day educational events in at least 55 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA. These events have helped educate tens of thousands of people about the importance of frogs and ways to protect amphibian populations!

    Save The Frogs Day events have included protests at the US Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to ban harmful endocrine-disrupting pesticides; parades through major urban centers; frog art and photo exhibits in town centers; habitat restoration at critical frog habitats; nature walks to teach people about their local amphibians; and numerous presentations on amphibian conservation in schools and universities. Because of Save The Frogs Day and our worldwide network of volunteers, the frogs now have assistance all around the planet, and the next generation of humans is growing up with the knowledge needed to protect amphibians from extinction.

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  • 2018 IPDTC Calendar

    Please find below the International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC)  2018 course calendar
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  • High-level Political Forum 2018 (9 - 18 July)

    The theme of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on sustainable development will be "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” In the lead-up to the Forum, weekly blogs by representatives of Member States, UN system, and major groups and other stakeholders will be featured on this page to present various perspectives on this theme. The role of SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17 will also be highlighted, as these goals will be in focus at this year’s Forum. Follow #HLPF on social media for the latest blogs and other HLPF updates.

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  • The 3rd annual Aid&Development Africa Summit

    Preparations are underway for the 3rd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit next month in Nairobi, Kenya. This year, the AIDF team is particularly excited to launch the Innovator of the Year Award. With the call for innovative solutions to alleviate poverty and drive Africa towards the Sustainable Development Goals growing louder each day, the award celebrates individuals for their inspiring leadership, creative problem-solving and innovative approaches to humanitarian and development challenges.

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